Ultimate Craft Business Tips and Resource List

50+ Best Craft Business Tips and Resources from around the web. Collects the very best in marketing, social media, and time management tips that will help YOUR craft business succeed!

All you wanted was a little place to sell your crafts, but before you know it you’ve got a blog, a Facebook page, and a full-fledged small business to look after!

Here’s the good news: you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.

These 50+ resources and guides from the crafting community and small business promotion experts are the resources I turn to again and again for help with running my own craft business. How to manage your time, where and how to market, how much to spend on advertising, how to manage your inventory – it’s all here! 

Bookmark this list and refer back often as you build your own successful craft business. If you find it helpful, please share it with your crafty friends on social media!

Happy reading!

Starting your Craft Business

Handmade Marketplaces

Listing your crafts in multiple markets = more chances to get discovered! Just be sure to polish each storefront to a shine, no half-assing allowed.

  • Aftcra – Prides itself on American-made handmade goods (no supplies or vintage items) and charges no listing fee!
  • Artfire – Vibrant craft community that offers a help number for sellers and free listings
  • Etsy –  The web’s best known handmade marketplace, but each listing costs 20 cents and recent listings are given search priority
  • Folksy – A UK-run craft marketplace, pay per listing or subscribe with an annual fee

Marketing your Craft Business

Where to Market your Crafts

  • CraftGawker – User-submitted craft gallery
  • iShareCrafts – Another user-submitted craft gallery
  • DeviantArt – Free to join/post artist community, a great place to post photos of your projects
  • Instagram – Upload photos of your crafts, attach your shop or blog URL to your profile. Don’t #forget #the #hashtags.

Marketing Strategies

Blogging for Crafters

Social Media

Pinterest

Legal Stuff: Sellers Permits, Business Licenses, etc

This stuff varies by state, so try searching on Google for opening an online business in YourState/YourCountry to learn the specifics.

Motivation & Craft Business Management

Feeling discouraged? Here’s some great pick-me-ups for you and your craft biz. 🙂

Humor

What great resources did we miss? Tell us about YOUR favorite guides and resources for running a craft business in the comments!

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Comments

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  2. Adam Stevens says:

    Here’s some inspirational business quotes that might be good to add to the motivation section! http://www.wrightanglemarketing.com/2016/09/14/inspirational-business-quotes-to-help-every-business-owner/